Ilene Rubin has been involved in art in some capacity, and most of the time in many capacities, since she was a young child. She won her first drawing award at the age of 9. She has painted murals, boots, purses, a line of women's and children’s clothing, furniture, walls and even a radiator and closet doors with motifs that range from folk art designs to landscapes. Basically, anything that can be painted is in serious consideration for painting. She is still painting ‘stuff’ but spends most of her time now painting the landscape.For Ms. Rubin, it’s a mesmerizing vista that captures her imagination, the dance of shadow and the bold and unabashed explosion of autumn color that makes her canvases sing. Capturing a landscape is for Ms. Rubin, a permanent record of a beauty that is quickly shrinking due to development and environmental decay. A moment in time preserved, even if the painting itself is an interpretation, will have her running for her brushes or pastels. Her deepest inspiration comes from an urgent desire to capture what is all too quickly vanishing from our scenery and has become somewhat of a quest. She graduated Philadelphia College of Textiles and Sciences; Retail Management, a Textile Design Minor, and attended UCLA Writer's Extension Program in Los Angeles, CA.
Ms. Rubin is a national artist who has been shown in exhibitions and shows in Boulder, Colorado as well as in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Lambertville and Stockton, New Jersey, Rosemont New Jersey, and Woodstock, Illinois.
You can follow her events here, at her website, www.IleneRubin.com or on her blog at www.IleneRubin.com/blog.
She has also written four novels: All are murder mysteries and/or psychological dramas: As The River Flows, which is set in New Hope, Pa, and, Reason To Kill. Both are published and available for purchase at Amazon.com or CreateSpace.com. Thicker Than Blood, and A Thousand Deaths are in the editing stage. Look for them soon. Ms. Rubin has also written a screenplay and 3 stories for children. She was a guest columnist for The Thousand Oaks Star with a column titled, Neighbors Next Door.
She grew up in Elkins Park, PA, and lived in Thousand Oaks, California, Boulder, Colorado and now resides in Doylestown, Bucks County, PA.
When not painting Ms. Rubin likes to spend time with her family in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. She can be reached at Ilene@IleneRubin.com.
Selected exhibits and shows:
Arts & Cultural Council of Bucks County Small Works Show December, 2021
Artists of Bristol Rotating Art Shows at Lower Bucks Hospital 'The Joy of Art' Art Show at Lower Bucks Hospital, December, 2021
Artists of Yardley Small Works Show, December, 2021
Bucks County Chamber of Commerce Bucks Fever Art Exhibition 'Welcome Back Bucks!' November 2021
Bucks County Community College Lower Bucks Campus Gallery, Tuxedo With a Twist Art Show October 2021
7th Annual Points of View Art Show, The Saw Mill @ Prallsville Mill, Stockton, NJ, October 22-24, 2021
Arts & Cultural Council of Bucks County, Fall Salon Show, September, 2021
Stover Mill Double Show; Pieces & Places of Bucks County with Kathleen McSherry, September, 2021
Artists of Yardley Member Show, September 2021
Artists of Bristol Rotating Art Shows at Lower Bucks Hospital 'Bring On The Color' Art Show at Lower Bucks Hospital
Phoenix Art Supply and Framing Gallery, 2021 40 ART, July, 2021
Northampton Library Double Show with Tom Furey, June 2021
Arts & Cultural Council of Bucks County, RED Show June 2021
Artists of Bristol on the Delaware, Summer Sojourn Show, June 2021
AOY Art Center Love The Arts Show Jan -Feb 2021
Artsbridge Member March 26 - June 30
New Hope Arts Salon Show Apr 3 -May 9
Artists of Bristol Rotating Art Shows at Lower Bucks Hospital
AOY Art Center Member Spotlight Show April 2nd - April 18th
Bucks County Chamber of Commerce Art Studio Tour 2021; Virtual, beginning May 22nd
Exhibit B Gallery "Everyday Magic" Juried Art Show
Artists of Yardley Small Works Holiday Show
Arts & Cultural Council "Wish You Were Here"
River Towns Magazine 'Art of the River Towns' Art Show
Artists of Yardley Juried Art Show
Phillips Mill 91st Juried Art Show
Bucks County Chamber of Commerce Juried Art Exhibition "Bucks County Artists", 2nd Place Award
Show Some Heart
New Hope Art League
Artists of Bristol Art Show, Grundy Library
Artists of Yardley Juried Show
Bucks Fever Byers Chamber of Commerce Dusk to Dawn Show
Artsbridge Member Show
Cerulean Arts Juried Show
Doylestown Art League Spring Member Show
Artists of Yardley Member Show
New Hope Arts/Artsbridge Summer Salon Art Show
Basil and Wick
6th Annual Points of View Group Show
Doylestown Art Festival; Head Over Heels
Lower Bucks Hospital, Artists Of Bristol Art Gallery Art Show
Show Some HeArt Fundraiser Art Show
Artsbridge Member Show
New Hope Art League Juried Art Show
Artists of Yardley Juried Art Show
Doylestown Art League Member Show
Doylestown Hospital Art Show with Broads With Brushes
Bucks County Community College Gallery Art Show: Tuxedo
Bux-Mont Art League Art Show at First National Bank in Richboro
The Doylestown Conservatory Artist Guild Member Show
Artsbridge Juried Art Show
Artists of Bristol on the Delaware Art Show, Silver Lake Nature Center
Northampton Library Solo Art Sale and Show
5th Annual Points of View Art Show
Tubby Olive, Doylestown, with Broads With Brushes
Northampton Library Art Sale and Show with Broads With Brushes
Professional Art Experience
Vice President; New Hope Art League, January, 2014 - 2016
Founder; Broads With Brushes; www.2BroadsWithBrushes.com
Other Professional Experience
Author; Reason To Kill, and, As The River Flows: Available on Amazon.com, Guest Columnist; Thousand Oaks Star
Forecaster and Allocator: The Walking Company, Guitar Center and Harbor Freight Tools
Previous Management Experience: Lord & Taylor, Strawbridge & Clothier
This is from a bio of Bucks County Artist and Author Ilene Rubin in Natural Awakenings Magazine, September, 2011. One of my paintings was on the cover: “Bucks County, Pennsylvania, artist Ilene Rubin won her first drawing award at the age of 9 & has been involved in art ever since, painting murals, boots, purses, a line of women’s and children’s clothing, furniture, walls and even a radiator, using motifs that range from folk art designs to florals and landscapes. She is still painting “stuff,” but now devotes most of her brushwork to landscapes.
Working exclusively in oils for the past five years, she also works in acrylics, watercolors, pastels and graphite. Rubin’s bold and unabashed explosions of color make her canvases sing. Rubin, also a published author, plumbs the frailties and depths of the human heart and mind, but most of all, seeks to offer serenity and light. “Through my art, I explore shades and colors of beauty—the tones and silences between what is seen and what is felt,” she advises. “For me, I have succeeded if I have given someone a reason to rest their heart and smile, even for one single glance, at a beautiful sight. That’s my greatest aspiration & desire.”
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